I’ve had this recipe saved for a while. I am all about easy crockpot meals. It doesn’t take more than five minutes to prepare the sauce. I only used a pound of chicken tenders. They were done in about 6 hours on low.
I made the huge mistake of not following the directions to wear gloves while cutting the habanero pepper. I figured I’d save a pair of gloves since I was just cutting one tiny pepper. I scrubbed my hands for a while afterwards. An hour later, I rubbed my eye– ouch! I won’t make that mistake again! Anyway, I used the entire pepper and it made this chicken pretty hot; I wished I’d just used half of it. After tasting it, I added some brown sugar to try to balance it out a bit. I’m so glad I added it! I also added salt, cinnamon and thyme but didn’t measure any of them out. So, this recipe was sort of a trial and error but ended up good in the end!
Crockpot Jerk Chicken
- 1 large onion, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon minced crystallized ginger
- 1/2 to 1 habanero pepper, seeded, deveined, and finely minced (wear gloves)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons red wine or balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
- 3 to 4 pounds chicken tenders
Combine onion and ginger in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients, except chicken, and pulse until well blended.
Place chicken in a 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker and cover with sauce. Cover, set on low, and cook for 6 to 8 hours. or until chicken is tender (3 to 4 hours on high).